This is the time of year that brings out the best in people; seasons of mist and mellow fruitfulness, the giving and receiving of presents. People have a smile on their faces and are willing to stop and have a chat or a cuppa. The country is swept up in a massive spending binge and children are awaiting the arrival of the man in red.
Spare a thought for the people who can’t get caught up in the spirit of the season for various reasons. It is easy to notice the person in the wheelchair, the person on crutches or the person with the white stick or guide dog. These disabilities are visible and we can and should make allowances for them. So they walk a little slower, be patient. They take longer at the supermarket checkout, be patient. They seem a bit unsteady on their feet, don’t jump to conclusions. It may be an underlying condition that causes the unsteadiness and not alcohol. They talk a bit loud, they may have a hearing problem. It is not so easy to notice the people with non-physical issues; the person with depression, the person who has just lost his job or the family who are about to lose their home.
This is the time of year to be thoughtful and to change one thing about our lives. We must stop the instantaneous judgement of people. It just isn’t fair. There are so many underlying conditions that cause problems and we need to make allowances. The New Year is fast approaching and if we only make one resolution let it be “I will be more tolerant”. Don’t be so fast to criticise. Be more patient. Be more understanding. Walk in my shoes before you criticise me. If this resolution was taken on board by enough people it would have a huge impact whereas the promise to go to the gym or eat less or study harder will have a personal impact. So go on and make 2 New Year resolutions one for the greater good and the second for your own personal betterment.
Happy Christmas to all my readers. Enjoy 2014 and may it be an improvement on 2013.